Why worms for recycling?
Worms are brilliant at recycling as they will eat organic matter (anything that has lived and died) and, depending on the type of food, will ingest their own body weight in food every 2 to 3 days. The number of worms per kilogram can vary depending on the size and maturity of the worms.
Common food on the worms' menu include:
- Vegetable scraps - cooked or raw, tea bags, tissues, dust from the vacuum cleaner, hair out of your brush, dog fur.
- Envelopes, newspapers, cardboard should first be soaked, drained, shredded, then served neat or mixed with vegie waste.
- Worms will eat meat... we all become worm food eventually!
- Old, worn out natural fibre clothing such as cotton T-shirts, woolen jumpers, denim jeans.
- Bird seed husks.
- Animal manure - dog, rabbit, guinea pig, horse, cow, pig, yak, etc.
- Worms do eat citrus, onion & garlic, but only in small quantities.
Worms will not eat weed seeds, plant roots, or people (while they are still alive..!) and will not eat anything that can regenerate.
The results of all this ingesting, converting and recycling? Worm Poo (Castings) and Worm Wiz (leachate), both microbe, bacteria & enzyme enriched, and of course Worms - high in protein and full of goodies... Just ask the chooks, fish & magpies!
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We have everything you need to get started, just send us an email and we will have you happily worming in no time! Along with our worms, we have Worm Farms available to purchase, from "Worm Cafes" to recycled refrigerators. We are dedicated to helping you make your worms work for you, contact us today to order!
The Cycle of the Worms
While worms are hermaphrodite (they have both male and female sexual organs) they need two worms to reproduce. Approximately 10 days after mating, both worms produce an egg capsule (cocoon). Within 3 to 4 weeks, on average 3 to 5 self sufficient worms hatch, though they have been known to hatch up to 20 worms per cocoon! Around 2 to 3 months, young worms mature and are capable of producing cocoons.
The Vermiculture Industry
Worm farming is based on harnessing the insatiable appetite of the composting worm. They are known as Red Worms (Lumbricus Rubellus) which are not common in Australia, Tiger Worms (Eisenia Fetida) which are distinguishable by bands/stripes on their body, or the Red Tiger Worms (Eisenia Andrei). The last two are the most commonly used. Native worms found in suburban and country gardens & soils in Australia are not suited to be kept in a confined, controlled environment and therefore not suitable for worm farming.